If you love Thai food and Chang beer, which is Thailand’s leading beer, the 12 May 2018 is a date for your diary. The annual Chang Sensory Trails, which celebrates kinships among friends and strangers, is a multi-sensory experience in partnership with 8 Thai chefs that will take place at London’s Last Days of Shoreditch on Saturday 12 May 2018 between 12pm and 10pm. It is a free to enter, un-ticketed event and will have lots of entertainment from music, interactive art, delicious food and of course drinks. You will also learn the principles behind Lamiat, and how its principles of the pursuit of perfection have been the motivation behind Chang Beer, and has contributed to them being one of the most loved Thai beers today.
There is also a chance to attend as a VIP guest, where you will get to enjoy all 8 Signature Recipes made by the Chefs in the exclusive Chef’s Table Dining Room. This intimate culinary experience is definitely going to be amazing with each of the 8 representative chefs taking you on a discovery journey behind each of their signature dishes. The VIP Chef’s Table tickets are going to be given away on Chang Beer’s Facebook page and UK Twitter account, @ChangBeerUK to the 100th, 150th, 200th, 250th, 300th person who mark themselves as ‘attending’ the event on social so make sure you strategically enter!
Ahead of the Chang Sensory Trails, I was invited to a pre-event meal at Patara, in High Street Wimbledon, to try one of the dishes that will be showcased at the VIP Chef’s Table, by Head Chef Vichai Mungmai, or Victor as he is popularly known, specifically chosen due to its perfect pairing with a chilled Chang Beer. It was a gorgeous day and so we were seated in their lovely outdoor garden, which is such a great spot, and absolutely perfect for summery days.
The chosen dish for the event is an authentic Thai Chicken Massaman Curry, which is a sublime Coconut milk braised chicken cooked in a mild homemade curry of warm spices and with peanuts, onions and potatoes and garnished with crispy onions. It not only has a wonderful aroma, it tastes absolutely incredible, and goes so well with either rice or noodles. It was the perfect comfort home style made dish. I enjoyed mine with some noodles and I was in Thai food heaven with all the wonderful flavours, different textures and the incredible aroma. Chef told me that he chose this specific dish as it was a customer favourite and such a successful and popular dish, that epitomises home style Thai cooking.
Chef Victor also treated me to a few other Patara Classic dishes such as their Chot Muang, which are handcrafted lilac dumplings filled with caramelised chicken and peanut and topped with coconut cream, and Mieng Kham, which are DIY betel nut leaf-wrapped salad bites, with roasted coconut, lime, ginger, shallots, dried shrimp and roasted coconut sauce. Both were really delicious.
I can’t wait to indulge in the Chicken Massaman Curry again at the Chef’s Table on the 12th May as well as try some of the other dishes that will be showcased on the evening. I am particularly looking forward to trying the Papaya Salad Thai-Lao style, which is a famous Laotian salad, created by the Head Chef at LAO Café, which promises to be spicy & zingy with a customisable level of spice. I am also intrigued by the Tom Yum Noodles by the Head Chef of Rosa’s Thai Café, as I absolutely love Tom Yum flavours. I had tried Papaya Salad last year whilst in Bangkok so I am looking forward to trying this version.
I have a trip to Thailand planned again for later this year and so this will be a great way for me to try some more of the authentic home style dishes ahead of my holiday, paired with some refreshing Chang beer. I am also looking forward to hearing the inspiration behind each of the dishes chosen for the event by each of the 8 Thai chefs, and learning more about them. I will be updating this post after the event on my thoughts on each of the 8 dishes so do come back to find out what my experience of the VIP Chefs Table was like!
For more information about the event you can visit the following Social Media pages:
Official hashtags: #ChangSensoryTrails and #ChangBeer
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Patara and this post is written in collaboration with Chang Beer UK.